Joseph Maddock, a 33-year-old teacher in Lake St. Louis, is accused of putting his hand down his ten-year-old student's pants and touching him inappropriately.
The alleged incident happened at the student's home.
Maddock had met the student a year ago while teaching third grade at Andrews Academy in Lake St. Louis and the teacher convinced the boy's parents to have him home-school the student full-time the following academic year, police say.
He taught the boy five days a week from September of last year to February of this year -- often in the basement living room of the boy's residence, officials say.
Lake St. Louis Police Chief Michael Force tells Daily RFT that during a January reading session, Maddock "admittedly committed the crime by placing his...hand down the front of the ten-year-old's pants and under his underwear...while at the victim's residence."
A probable cause statement, on view below, also has this troubling detail:
During several reading sessions, Maddock would have his arm around the victim and he would rub the victim's back and stomach under his shirt on his bare skin while laying down on the couch with Maddock reading a story.
Police say that Maddock has been teaching since 2001 and offer this list of former employers:
Lindberg Early Children Dev, 2001-2002,
YMCA Parkway after school care, 2002-2003,
Rock Springs Elementary in Florida, 2003-2005,
Rockwood School Dist, 2006-2008,
Hunington Learning Center, 2007-2009,
Webster Groves School Dist, 2006-2008,
The Wilson School 2007-2008, St.
Michaels School 2008-2010,
Epworth School, 2011,
Andrews Academy 2012,
Dynamic Pathways in O'Fallon, current teacher
An attorney for Andrews Academy tells Daily RFT that the school does not comment on personell matters, but confirms that Maddock no longer works for the school and has not for the past school year.
Daily RFT also left a message today for Dynamic Pathways, where police say he is a "current teacher." We'll update if we hear back. Maddock could not be reached for comment.
Here's the full probable cause statement.